Omron Review – Vital information about high blood pressure



Blood Pressure CheckHello and thank you for stopping by. This website contains potentially life-saving information about high blood pressure, or hypertension as it’s also known, and there are also informed reviews of Omron blood pressure monitors.

Whether you’re unfortunate enough to have been diagnosed with high blood pressure or not, it’s vitally important that you keep an eye on it. This site contains reviews and other information mostly concerning the Omron range of blood pressure monitors. I’ve chosen Omron because they are a global leader in health monitoring equipment and as a hypertension sufferer I use one of their monitors myself. For anyone not familiar with the issues surrounding hypertension, and why it’s so important to regularly check your blood pressure (BP) here are some sobering facts:

  • It can cause heart failure.
  • It can damage your kidneys.
  • It can cause a stroke.
  • There are rarely any obvious symptoms for hypertension, so you don’t know you’ve got it until it’s too late.
It’s little wonder that hypertension is called “The Silent Killer”. Sadly, many people fall into one of the above categories simply because they have hypertension but are unaware of it. It’s worth bearing in mind that around 30% of the UK population have high blood pressure and many don’t know it.
Blood pressure is measured in millimetres of mercury (which is written as mmHg) and it is recorded as two figures:
systolic pressure: the pressure of the blood when your heart beats to pump blood out.
diastolic pressure: the pressure of the blood when your heart rests in between beats.
For example, if your blood pressure is ‘140 over 90′, or 140/90mmHg, it means you have a systolic pressure of 140mmHg and a diastolic pressure of 90mmHg.
If several readings on separate occasions show your blood pressure to be 140/90mmHg or higher you are considered to have hypertension.
A blood pressure reading below 130/80mmHg is considered to be normal.
salt imageSo who is most at risk? The older you get, the more your chances increase of having high blood pressure. Often, there is no definite cause of high blood pressure (where there is no treatable cause, it is known as “essential hypertension”) but your risk is increased if you:
  • drink a lot of alcohol
  • drink a lot of coffee (or other drinks containing caffeine)
  • are overweight
  • don’t do enough exercise
  • have a relative with high blood pressure
  • are aged over 65
  • eat a lot of salt
  • don’t eat many fruit and vegetables
  • are of African or Caribbean descent
If you fall into any of the groups listed above, you should consider making changes to your lifestyle to lower your risk of high blood pressure. You should also consider checking your Blood Pressure around once a year.
Healthy dietBut it’s not all bad news. In many cases, hypertension can be controlled by medication, lifestyle adjustments or a combination of both. The trick is in spotting the condition early enough so that it can be treated before serious damage occurs. Realistically, the only surefire way of doing that is by checking your blood pressure regularly. In the UK where I am based, you can walk into pretty well any pharmacy and they will be happy to check your BP for you there and then. You can always visit your General Practitioner or healthcare professional of course, or buy your own blood pressure monitor. One advantage of having your own monitor is that you can check your BP in the comfort and privacy of your own home. It is also easier to check other members of the household.

From experience, I know that there is a confusing array of BP monitors available and many of these are fairly inexpensive basic models, but you can spend more and buy one with extra features like average readings, etc. if you wish. My wish is that you will read the reviews (or at least some of them!) on this site, and thereby gain enough knowledge to make an informed decision on which monitor is right for you.

Important Note:

Always consult your GP or healthcare professional prior to using a blood pressure monitor in pregnancy or if diagnosed with arrhythmia or arteriosclerosis. People with severe blood flow problems or blood disorders should also consult a doctor before using the unit, as cuff inflation can cause internal bleeding. And remember: Self-diagnosis of measurement results and self-treatment are dangerous. If you are concerned about your blood pressure, always refer to your GP or healthcare professional.

About Me: Mark DudekMy name is Mark Dudek and I live in the Midlands, UK. Currently aged 57 I was diagnosed with essential hypertension in 2008. I am now on permanent medication to control the condition which, if left untreated, would have left me at significant risk of a heart attack, kidney failure or a stroke. I hope that the information on this website will encourage you to have your blood pressure measured now, then get into the habit of doing regular checks! One of the monitors on this site would be ideal for that.
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2 thoughts on “Omron Review – Vital information about high blood pressure

  1. Dottie Korzon

    My last visit to the doctor, the blood pressure was 140 over 90 and she told me to take my blood pressure for a period of time and check back. We bought an Omron BP760 and the readings have been dramatically high. We were wondering if something was wrong with the monitor or if I really have HIGH blood pressure. When I say dramatically high I’m saying like 170 over 95 or so.
    Comments???

    Reply
    1. Mark

      Hi,
      170/95 is quite high and although your reading at the doctor’s was 140/90 I would certainly double-check your reading. It’s possible, although unlikely, that your BP760 is faulty but the only real way to check is to get your BP measured on another machine. I would pop into a pharmacy or health centre and just ask for a blood pressure test – it shouldn’t be a problem for them to do that. If your reading is still around 170/95 I’d ask to see your GP again.

      Your blood pressure can vary wildly throughout the day, so if you tend to take readings at a certain time, try varying the routine. It’s very common for your BP to be higher shortly after waking, then fall during the rest of the day. Try an evening reading, or take advantage of the average reading facility on your Omron BP760. (If you’ve lost the manual that came with it, here’s a link to a copy.)

      Also, ensure that you are taking your readings correctly as there are lots of factors that can cause a false reading, like talking or moving. You can read how to take a proper reading here.

      I hope this is helpful, but remember – if you have any concerns about your blood pressure, always refer to a healthcare professional as self diagnosis and/or treatment can be very dangerous.

      Kind regards,
      Mark

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